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From: FUBHO1/7/2015 9:17:01 AM
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Cyan Raises Revenue Range for Fourth Quarter 2014 and Schedules Financial Results Conference Call

Cyan ( CYNI), a leading provider of SDN, NFV, and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today raised its revenue range for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.

Based on preliminary results, fourth quarter 2014 revenue is expected to be between $30 million and $31 million, exceeding the company’s prior guidance of $24 million to $26 million.

“Fourth quarter revenue outpaced our initial expectations due to strong demand for our Z-Series packet-optical hardware for both metro and regional 100G and packet applications,” said Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We continue to believe that in the first half of 2015 we will convert some of our SDN and NFV trials into wins. Between the growing traction for our Z-Series hardware and the accelerating commercial interest we are seeing for our SDN and NFV software, we are excited about our role as the supplier of choice for critical network transformation technology. We look forward to sharing more details when we announce our full fourth quarter and 2014 results.”

Conference Call

Cyan expects to report its complete financial results for fourth quarter 2014 and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 after the U.S. markets close on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Company management will host a conference call to discuss the results that day at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time.

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From: FUBHO1/9/2015 7:11:52 PM
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Cyan Ups Q4 Outlook, Promises SDN Wins

By DAN O'SHEA, Managing Editor, 1/9/2015

Following a bountiful holiday season that included a contract win from an existing customer and new debt funding, Cyan this week raised its outlook for fourth-quarter ...

The vendor now expects revenue for the fourth quarter in the $30 million to $31 million range -- a bump up from the range of $24 million to $26 million it had quoted earlier. In a statement, Cyan Inc. CEO Mark Floyd said the company has seen greater than expected demand for its Z-Series optical platform for metro and regional 100G and packet applications.

The brightened revenue outlook comes two weeks after Cyan announced it had won a deal from existing customer Windstream Communications Inc. (NYSE: WIN) for the Z-Series to be deployed in the carrier's metro and regional networks to help it offer faster broadband to residential and business customers, as well as improve the carrier's ability to compete for data center and cloud connectivity opportunities. (See Windstream Taps Cyan for 100G Upgrade.)

Though Windstream has often been Cyan's biggest revenue contributor on a quarter-to-quarter basis, the December announcement represented an expansion of the vendor's role at Windstream from its previous, smaller role supporting mobile backhaul applications, according to Joe Cumello, vice president of marketing at Cyan.

Cumello tells us that Cyan will further elaborate on the reasons for its change in outlook when the company reports fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 18. For now, he's dancing around the question of how much the higher revenue projection has to do with the Windstream deal, saying that Cyan saw increased interest "across all markets" for its optical and SDN/NFV products.

Industry analysts are keenly watching Cyan for some progress in converting its numerous SDN/NFV trials into paying contracts. This week's statement from the company also reiterated CEO Floyd's earlier projection that Cyan will do just that during the first half of this year, but how soon such contract wins will translate into revenue remains to be seen.

"We remain concerned that Tier 1 carriers are notoriously slow-moving, and it might be a few quarters before Blue Planet [Cyan's SDN software platform] could hit the top-line for these Tier 1 opportunities," says George Notter, analyst with Jefferies, in a research note.

Lagging SDN purchasing cycles were part of what drove Cyan to size up new funding options late last year. In December, it announced a sale of Convertible Senior Secured Notes to obtain more than $46 million to be used to support ongoing business operations. (See Cyan to Net $46.6M in Notes Sale and Cyan Seeks Funding in SDN Squeeze.)

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From: FUBHO1/12/2015 11:56:11 AM
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"Fourth quarter revenue outpaced our initial expectations due to strong demand for our Z-Series packet-optical hardware for both metro and regional 100G and packet applications," said Mark Floyd, Cyan's chairman and CEO. "We continue to believe that in the first half of 2015 we will convert some of our SDN and NFV trials into wins. Between the growing traction for our Z-Series hardware and the accelerating commercial interest we are seeing for our SDN and NFV software, we are excited about our role as the supplier of choice for critical network transformation technology. We look forward to sharing more details when we announce our full fourth quarter and 2014 results."

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From: FUBHO2/2/2015 9:04:27 AM
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Cyan Partners with Kordia New Zealand to Market and Support Cyan’s SDN and Packet-Optical Technology in the South Pacific
New agreement enables deployment, service, and support of award-winning Cyan platforms across an increasingly broad global network


Cyan ( CYNI), a leading provider of SDN, NFV, and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today announced it has partnered with Kordia New Zealand to market and support Cyan technology solutions throughout New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific Islands, and Papua New Guinea. The total number of Cyan partners now stands at 30.

As a leading end-to-end telecommunications solutions provider, Kordia substantially broadens Cyan’s distribution network in the South Pacific region. The partnership allows Kordia to provide customers with full access to Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN software and Z-Series packet-optical hardware solutions that provide multivendor SDN control, visibility, and scale to network operators making global service delivery much more efficient and profitable. In addition, Kordia will provide Tier 1 service and support to help South Pacific customers deploy and enable Cyan’s platforms.

“Kordia’s distinguished history serving customers in the South Pacific for more than 50 years makes them an ideal partner for Cyan in this market,” said Mike Hatfield, president, Cyan. “They have a deep understanding of the region’s needs and will be an excellent resource for organizations seeking to scale and optimize their networks through Cyan’s network transformation technology.”

Cyan’s network of customers and partners delivers orchestration, visualization, and scale to carriers, enterprises, governments, and data centers around the world, helping them solve complex scalability and performance problems that negatively impact the end-user experience. Cyan’s award-winning Blue Planet SDN Platform and innovative Z-Series packet-optical hardware support hundreds of deployments across North America, Europe, South America, and Asia.

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From: FUBHO2/11/2015 9:30:22 AM
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Cyan Announces N-Series Open Hyperscale Transport Platform for Cloud, Content, and Data Center Connectivity

N11, the first member of the new product family, is designed to deliver 800G of optical capacity in one rack unit and will be powered by an open, Linux operating system to deliver the lowest cost per Gbps available in the industry


Cyan ( CYNI), a leading provider of SDN, NFV, and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today introduced the N-Series Open Hyperscale Transport Platform (OHTP), a new family of high-density, high-capacity transport products designed for cloud, content, and data center interconnect (DCI) networks. Leveraging best-in-breed commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) silicon and photonic components combined with an open, carrier-grade Linux network operating system, the N-Series family of products are being designed to enable the leading cloud, content, and data center operators to scale their interconnect networks to meet rapidly growing traffic demands more simply and cost-effectively.

“DCI is poised for tremendous growth, but the requirements are very different from the traditional telco environment. Cloud and content providers are focused on operational efficiency and simplicity and driving the lowest cost per Gbps, as we have seen played out in both the server market and the white box Ethernet switch space,” said Sterling Perrin, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. “With the new N-Series OHTP, Cyan is taking these concepts from the data center and applying them to data center interconnect. Heavy Reading sees the beginnings of a broad industry trend toward purpose-built products for DCI, and, with its combination of an open Linux network operating system and commercial off-the-shelf components, the N-Series is helping to define this new category.”

The first member of the N-Series family is the N11, an ultra-compact and power-efficient optical platform that is designed to deliver 800 Gbps of total line and client capacity in one rack unit (1RU), or up to 34 Tbps in a seven-foot rack. Designed as a modular shelf, the N11 will offer industry-leading 100G client port densities, the lowest power consumption per 100G, and selectable 200G coherent line interfaces. In addition, when paired with Cyan’s Z-Series 96-channel ROADM, the N-Series will be able to drive up to 19.2 Tbps on a single fiber. The N11 is focused on transponding and 100G client interfaces to meet cloud and content provider requirements for data center interconnect.

The N-Series’ modularity will allow for upgradeability to higher density and capacity, as well as additional transport functionality in the future. Unlike traditional optical transport solutions that are vertically integrated, the modular and COTS-based N-Series architecture will enable the platform to fully leverage advances in best-in-breed optical networking technologies and standards as they emerge to further increase performance and reduce costs.

“Cyan developed the N-Series based on specific conversations with cloud and content providers who are stuck today with closed, proprietary solutions that limit scale,” said Mike Hatfield, president, Cyan. “The N-Series is the first step in unlocking cloud and data center networks so that they can become the hyperscale programmable resources being demanded by our customers.”

Beyond the scalable and versatile hardware design, the N-Series will implement an open, SDN-optimized software architecture that includes a carrier-grade Linux network operating system (NOS) called Cyan Linux, providing a platform that can leverage Linux applications and facilitate rapid integration of third party applications. This approach will simplify operations for cloud and content providers by providing a consistent experience for configuring and managing both compute and network resources. The N-Series features will be further enhanced by Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform, which simplifies network programmability, multi-vendor management, end-to-end service orchestration, and ongoing network operations. Cyan’s open architecture enables new levels of visibility, automation, and control in the operation of the network, while allowing customers to avoid costly and complex hardware dependencies. Open REST APIs on the N11 will also give customers the flexibility to use any SDN controller or internally developed tools and applications they want.

The Cyan N-Series N11 platform will provide unmatched performance, the lowest cost per Gbps in the industry, and efficiency and operational simplicity for cloud and content providers that require massive bandwidth across the metro cloud and between data centers.

“Cloud services, video, Big Data and social media are all contributing to a massive surge in data center and cloud traffic,” said Hatfield. “The N-Series’ COTS-based and modular architecture addresses this need and will significantly reduce the cost of high-capacity optical transport when compared to traditional approaches while eliminating the vendor lock-in and complexity typically associated with proprietary, vertically integrated solutions. The N-Series will further expand Cyan’s addressable market within the cloud and content space and will fully interoperate with our Z-Series packet-optical platforms, which are optimized for metro and regional services and transport.”

Benefits of the N-Series N11 will include:

  • Open software architecture: Cyan Linux network operating system and open interfaces to simplify management and eliminate vendor lock-in. This open approach is designed to allow for new application development, rapid innovation, and the ability for “DevOps” teams to roll out custom features using familiar, standard Linux tools.
  • Compact, high-capacity transport at the lowest cost per Gbps: “Rack & stack” design efficiently packs 800 Gbps of total bandwidth capacity (line and client) in 1RU to optimize space and power efficiency and deliver the lowest cost per Gbps.
  • Modularity and industry-leading density: Interchangeable modules provide transponding for current high-density 100G networks, with future support for higher density and capacity, as well as additional transport functions.The N11 is expected to be available for customer trials in Q2 and available for sale in early Q3 of 2015.

About Cyan

Cyan ( CYNI) enables network transformation. The company’s software-defined network (SDN) solutions deliver orchestration, agility, and scale to networks, that until now, have been static and hardware driven. Serving carriers, enterprises, governments, and data centers globally, Cyan’s open platforms provide multi-vendor, multi-layer control and visibility to network operators, making service delivery more efficient and profitable. Cyan solutions include the award-winning Blue Planet SDN software and N-Series hyperscale and Z-Series packet-optical hardware platforms. For more information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at

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From: FUBHO2/11/2015 6:36:20 PM
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Cyan Targets DCI With 34 Terabit Platform
Cyan is launching an ambitious play for the burgeoning data center interconnect (DCI) market Wednesday, targeting the largest Internet content providers with a new hyperscale transport platform and Linux-based software management tools.

The Cyan Inc. N-Series Open Hyperscale Transport Platform is a new family of high-density, high-capacity optical transport boxes that compete immediately with Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN)'s CloudExpress -- launched last September -- and a host of other metro optical company products expected in the months ahead. (See Cyan Launches Hyperscale Transport Platform.)

Cyan is touting two specific advantages -- fully loaded with 200-gig line interfaces, it can support 34 terabits per second per rack at a 30% energy savings for the lowest cost per gigabit, and the system is built on best-of-breed open hardware versus proprietary hardware for greater flexibility and faster upgrades. (See {doc710946}.)

That maximum 34 Tbit/s compares with the CloudExpress max of 21 Tbit/s, says Cyan CMO Joe Cumello. The savings gained from that advantage matter greatly to Internet content providers operating at massive scale to deliver the rapidly growing volume of content over data networks, he says.

"The N-Series offers the lowest cost per gig when moving traffic between data centers, which is what the hyperscale ICPs care about," Cumello says. It also operates in a single rack unit, versus Infinera's two rack units, with 800 Gbit/s per RU.

Cyan is already selling into this market, which includes the likes of Google(Nasdaq: GOOG), Facebook and Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX), and has one large customer, who refuses to be named, Cumello says.

Sterling Perrin, Heavy Reading analyst on all things packet-optical transport, says Cyan's N-Series does have the advantage over Infinera in terms of capacity and density "if they run with their 200-gig channels, which is what they talk about."

"By using 16 QAM [modulation], they are able to crank up to 200-gig on what would otherwise be a 100-gig card," Perrin adds.

That could help Cyan play well in the metro market where the distance limitations on 200-gig of about 600km aren't a problem. In ultra-long-haul applications, Infinera running 100-gig channels has the advantage, because of the distances involved, Perrin notes.

"Infinera's CloudExpress is based on PIC [photonic integrated circuit] technology giving significant density and power consumption versus discrete components that were out there," he says. "Cyan is at least matching and in some cases exceeding in terms of what can be done with discrete components. It is interesting how fast the components technology has progressed and what can be done with it."

Cyan also maintains it can increase density and capacity at a 2X pace every 12-to-18 months, in a COTS-based system, which would be much faster than is possible in a PIC-based approach, given the time cycles on PICs.

By using COTS hardware, Cyan is building an infrastructure for interconnecting data centers that models the existing data center infrastructure, Cumello notes. "They have adopted white boxes and bare metal systems for their servers and top-of-rack systems; now they are looking to apply those same concepts to data center interconnection," he says. Proprietary network operating systems and Ethernet switches have given way to Linux-based operating systems and COTS-based Ethernet switches.

"Cyan is basing N-series on best-in-breed COTS hardware combined with what is called Cyan Linux and Linux-based apps that sit on top of the hardware that allow the Internet content provider or cloud provider to operate this device in the same way that they operate their data center infrastructure," Cumello says. "This is all based on feedback from our customers and we think Cyan is the first to innovate in this area."

Traditional management of data center interconnection is based on more closed telecom operating systems whereas the Linux-based approach will enable Internet content providers to develop their own Linux-based apps for greater flexibility and faster innovation, according to Cyan.

"We are doing things the way data centers want to operate," says Abel Tong, director of solutions marketing for Cyan. "For data configuration and control in their networks, they are using tools like Ansible and Puppet -- maybe Chef also -- and the idea here is, because we are Linux and we are open, we allow data center operators to use these tools to manage their end-series devices: their servers, their switches, their storage infrastructure and their network infrastructure all the same way with the same set of automation tools they are used to."

As part of that approach, Cyan is supporting the Open Computing Project's Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) specification for managing devices in an open disaggregated network.

Perrin credits Cyan with building the N-Series from the ground up as a product specifically designed for the DCI market -- an area where he expects to see many more product announcements in coming months, given its rapid growth.

"Our Metro 100G forecast shows that market growing at a 72% compound annual growth rate over the next few years and a big part of that is data center interconnection," Perrin says.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (18)2/11/2015 6:43:23 PM
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This article talks about CloudExpress as much as Cyan's new gear.

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From: FUBHO2/12/2015 10:20:03 AM
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Cyan makes data center interconnect play with N-Series

February 11, 2015
Author Stephen Hardy
Editorial Director and Associate Publisher

Cyan has emphasized an open, SDN-friendly approach in the design of the N11 Open Hyperscale Transport Platform
Packet-optical transport and software-defined networking (SDN) platform developer Cyan (NYSE:CYNI) has unveiled the first member of the N-Series Open Hyperscale Transport Platform (OHTP) family. The N11 is designed to offer high-capacity, low cost, and small footprint for cloud, content, and data center operators who are interested in a rapidly scalable platform based on 100G interfaces and compatible with SDN frameworks.

The N11 delivers 800 Gbps of transport capability in a 1RU package. It will offer both 4x100G client-side and 2x200G coherent line-side optical transceiver interfaces. The platform will support optical reaches of greater than 2,000 km; it is compatible with the company's Z-Series packet-optical transport systems to enable multiplexing of multiple N11-generated wavelengths, if necessary, for a total transmission capacity per fiber of 19.2 Tbps.

The box, built with as much commercial off-the-shelf technology as possible, runs via the new Cyan Linux Network OS. The OS, built using the Ubuntu version of Linux, is engineered to provide an open gateway between Linux-based applications and both current and future optical platform advances – including, potentially, optical transport platforms not developed by Cyan. The design is in the spirit of the "white box" movement within the SDN realm; Cyan's Joe Cumello, Kevin Wade, and Abel Tong called the hardware platform a "Lite-Box."

The N11 also conforms to the Open Compute Project's Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) specification.

The N-Series targets the same application space as BTI Systems' 7800 Series Intelligent Cloud Connect platforms and Infinera's Cloud Xpress (see "Intelligent Cloud Connect from BTI Systems targets SDN-enabled cloud services" and "Infinera ships Cloud Xpress platform"). The Cyan sources took aim at the latter in discussing competitive alternatives to their new offering. While acknowledging that Infinera offers more capacity per box (1 Tbps versus Cyan's 800 Gbps), the Cyan crew pointed out that their system is only half the size. Therefore, one can fit more capacity (34 Tbps) and 100G ports (168) into a 42RU frame, the Cyan spokesmen asserted. This would lead to a 30% gain in energy efficiency, they added.

Meanwhile, while Infinera has engineered the Cloud Xpress to accommodate a variety of client-side interfaces, the Cyan sources asserted that their research – including discussions with a current large Internet content provider customer they couldn't name -- indicated that their target demographic favors 100 Gbps. Also, they expressed confidence that advances in optical transceiver design would enable them to keep pace better with future capacity and density requirements.

Cyan plans to have the N11 ready for customer trials in the second quarter of the year and for actual sales by early in the third quarter.

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From: FUBHO2/13/2015 9:51:13 AM
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This stock is on quite a roll. Almost doubled from the bottom several months back.

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From: FUBHO2/18/2015 10:42:13 AM
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Moment of truth this afternoon. They better say some big customers signed up for Blue Planet in the CC, or this thing will crash back to $3 tomorrow. We know the results will be ugly again. They need to say Blue Planet is now being purchased by large customers...

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